Wildcats swing away at Pioneers
After facing their first loss of the season, the Wildcats bounced back. Linfield competed against Lewis & Clark College on March 18. The game ended as quickly as it began, as the Wildcats once again ended a game because of the mercy rule.
The first game of the day ended in a score of 11-2, earning Linfield another win. The Wildcats were busy at the plate with five runs brought in during the first inning. Starting the game off, senior Jaydee Baxter hit a double to centerfield. Senior Emilee Lepp stepped up to the plate and hit a single to right field, allowing Baxter to make it to home plate. Lepp stole second and was able to earn a run off senior Staci Doucette’s single into right field. Senior Jordan Mixsell hit a double, bringing in two more runs.
Continuing their scoring streak, the Wildcats earned six more runs during the second and third inning. During the team’s second game of the day, the Wildcats shut out the Pioneers with a score of 8-0. Sophomore Karina Paavola pitched the entire game and had eight strikeouts. The Wildcats scored during every inning they were up to bat, leaving no time for the Pioneers to score.
The Wildcats didn’t let the loss to Pacific Lutheran hold them back when they played against Lewis & Clark or Pacific.
“We play our game, and we do the best we can every day,” sophomore Kim Chase said. “I think we came out this weekend with the mentality that we wanted to play our game and play the best we can, and it showed this week when we played. We use it as a fire to keep us going. Its not something we’re going to let weigh us down or hold us back.”
Facing off with Pacific University on March 17, the Wildcats stole the lead early in their first game. In the first inning, Linfield scored its first three runs of the game. Keeping up the steady pace of scoring, earning another run in the second inning. Six runs were brought in during the Wildcats’ final time at bat in the game. The first game against Pacific ended, 10-2.
During their second game against the Boxers, the Wildcats ended it quickly in five innings, scoring 12 runs over Pacific’s one run. The fifth inning was big for the team; they scored five runs and hit two home runs.
During this inning, Doucette broke an NCAA record by hitting the 60th home run in her collegiate career.
“It was a great accomplishment, and we’re all very proud of her,” Chase said. “She’s had a great career, and that is representative of that.”
The Wildcats will play next against California Lutheran University on March 22 in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Kaylyn Peterson/Sports editor
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